The Postdoctoral Training Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Inquiries regarding accreditation may be addressed to the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation at the following address or phone number:
Commission on AccreditationOffice of Program Consultation and AccreditationAmerican Psychological Association750 First Street, N.E. Washington, D.C., 20002-4242(202) 336-5979
It is the intention of the Navy Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology to follow the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines.
The Navy’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology is located at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia. The fellowship consists of an intensive twelve-month period of clinical, didactic, and leadership training.The fellowship provides the foundation for practice within the military mental health system yet is sufficiently broad to prepare the fellow for advanced practice in diverse non-military clinical settings. Furthermore, this program prepares the fellow for licensure as a psychologist in the state of his/her choosing, and is conducive to attaining of Board Certification in Clinical Psychology.Prior military experience is not a requirement or expectation for applicants. Most applicants have no prior military experience. Applicants do not have to be in the military to apply and there is no military service obligation unless an applicant is selected for the fellowship.Applicants who are selected for the fellowship are commissioned as Lieutenants in the Medical Service Corps and serve a total of 4 years on active duty: 1 year as a postdoctoral fellow and 3 years as a staff psychologist.
Number of Positions: Varies annually, usually 3-5Full Time: All fellowship positions are full-time.Salary (Fiscal Year 2019: Most recent available):Low Salary: $75,023.88; High Salary: $77,759.88**"Low salary" reflects pay and allowances for a post doc fellow without dependents (i.e., spouse and/or children). "High salary" reflects pay and allowances for a post doc fellow with dependents. Housing allowance (included in total salary above) is non-taxable.
Deadline for Application: 6 January 2020 (See below for additional information about the application process).Officer Development School (Newport, RI): Five-week orientation course attended prior to starting the Fellowship 30 August – 2 October 2020Fellowship Start Date: 5 October 2020
Applicants must work with a Navy Medical Programs Officer Recruiter to submit their Fellowship application. The application includes a medical evaluation and security clearance to determine eligibility for commissioning as a naval officer. This process can take several months to complete. Applicants should initiate contact with a Navy Medical Programs Officer Recruiter before 1 October 2019 to allow sufficient time to complete the application before the deadline. Any application initiated after 1 November would require consultation with the Navy National Training Director (CAPT David E. Jones, (757) 953-1706 or firstname.lastname@example.org).To locate the Medical Programs Officer Recruiter nearest you:
In addition to information needed to determine an individual’s suitability for commissioning as a naval officer, applicants must submit the following documents via their recruiter:
AIMS OF THE FELLOWSHIP
The fellowship is designed to provide the “generalist” clinician advanced with skills across a broad array of professional competencies. It is based on an intensive, full-time period of clinical, didactic, and leadership experiences. The program emphasizes the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, family issues, and substance/alcohol abuse. It also provides an orientation to severe mental health conditions requiring inpatient psychiatric treatment within a military medical facility. Evidence-based practice is emphasized throughout the training program.
A unique aspect of the training experience is exposure to the practice of clinical psychology in operational settings. Fellows spend several days aboard a Navy ship working with the ship’s psychologist and visit a Marine or Navy SEAL base where other Navy psychologists practice.
The program also prepares the fellow to become a clinical leader. Clinical leadership involves the ability to evaluate existing clinical programs, develop new programs, provide effective supervision of other practitioners, and organize resources so that clinical and administrative objectives can be met.
Navy Psychologists are a diverse group of men and women. At Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, a significant percentage of the core supervisory faculty members are minority psychologists. It is an important part of the fellowship program’s mission to continue to increase minority representation at the training site and in the broader Navy psychology community. The training faculty is committed to providing comprehensive education and training in diversity issues. They view diversity education as a life-long process that does not end when formal training is over.
Additional information about the fellowship can be found in the training manual here.
Interviews: An in-person interview is required.
Interviews will be conducted at NMC, Portsmouth, Va. 7 and 8 January 2020. Selected applicants will be contacted via phone or email by the Training Director to schedule an interview. Point-of-Contact regarding interviews:
Commander Michael Franks, Psy.D., ABPP Psychology Training DirectorNavy Medical Center Portsmouth, VA Office: 757-953-6730; Front Desk: (757) 953-7641Michael.email@example.com
Alternate dates for interviews can be arranged.
All benefits and allowances due a Navy officer including: health and dental coverage for self and dependents, Thrift Savings Plan, Life Insurance, access to Commissary, Navy Exchange department stores, all moving expenses paid, use of world-class gymnasiums and other recreational facilities.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NAVY POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY? CONTACT:
Commander Michael Franks, Psy.D., ABPP Psychology Training DirectorNavy Medical Center Portsmouth, VA Office: 757-953-6730 Front Desk: (757) firstname.lastname@example.org
David Jones, Ph.D. CAPT, MSC, USNNational Director, Navy Psychology Training and Recruitment ProgramsWalter Reed National Military Medical CenterBethesda, Marylanddavid.email@example.com